In November 2019 Venture Taranaki, the region’s development agency, will shift premises to a new development on the corner of King and Dawson streets in central New Plymouth.

“Venture Taranaki has been in its current Robe Street premises since 2007 and since then scaled significantly in client needs and the diversity of what we do,” says Chief Executive Justine Gilliland.

“This move will allow the Trust to be more accessible to our clients and stakeholders, while ensuring the team have a modern, efficient and functional space to work.”

The new building will feature a more functional array of meeting and presentation spaces, flexible layouts, and an open plan work space with appropriate temperature and noise management tools.

“The way we interact with our clients has changed over the last decade, and the space in which we work and engage with the region’s enterprises needs to reflect these changes and offer flexibility for the Trust to embrace any future developments in the way we work,” Justine says.

The building, formerly the New Zealand Post depot and warehouse, features a mix of old and new features, and is being constructed by local developers, utilising local engineering and construction expertise. Venture Taranaki’s move was made possible due to the support of the developers and anchor tenants GQ, ensuring the costs associated with the new premises sit well within public sector benchmarks.

“The site and its history also resonated with Venture Taranaki, having been the region’s point of connection with the rest of the world for decades. We’re progressing this association from the focal point for postal mail to becoming a hub for ideas, innovation and business growth.”

“It gives us an opportunity to reposition Venture Taranaki, raising its profile and retaining its connection to the vibrant West End Precinct, while also ensuring our team and clients are working in an environment that meets their needs both now and in the future.”